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CRAM International

The New Cliché
The Littlest Print Exchange
50 original prints by 50 artists
January 21 - February 15, 2011
Preview: Thursday, Jan 20th, 8 pm Opening Reception: Friday, Jan 21st @ 8 - 11:00 pm


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The Budgie Smuggler / Sarah Harvey / Australia / 3 in x 3 in / etching, stencil & tea stain

 

CRAM International presents a unique selection of miniature original prints by international artists at Galeria CRAM, Canada's smallest art gallery.

"The New Cliché", organized and distributed by The Littlest Print Exchange, is a mixed bag of 3" x 3" prints in a variety of techniques that were created and selected specifically for this artist exchange project. José Armando Medina and Tobey C. Anderson represent St. Catharine's CRAM Press with 48 other artists from Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Italy, India, and Israel. The other Canadians in the collection are Melanie Furtado, Chrissy Poitras, and Linda Vachon.

cli-ché (klee-shé) also cliche (klee-shÄï) n. 1. A trite or overused expression or idea: "Even while the phrase was degenerating to cliché in ordinary public use . . . scholars were giving it increasing attention" (Anthony Brandt). 2. A person or character whose behavior is predictable or superficial: "There is a young explorer . . . who turns out not to be quite the cliché expected" (John Crowley).

[French, past participle of clicher, to stereotype (imitative of the sound made when the matrix is dropped into molten metal to make a stereotype plate).] Synonyms: cliché, bromide, commonplace, platitude, truism, trite. These nouns denote an expression or idea that has lost its originality or force through overuse; mindless appropriation; ripped-off; a short story weakened by clichés; the old bromide that we are what we eat; uttered the commonplace "welcome aboard"; a eulogy full of platitudes; a once-original thought that has become a truism; social networking for profit.

The responses of the artists to the call for thematic submissions range from the humorous to sublime, politically charged to the decorative. Invention and innovative print technique bely the notion of "little" in this engaging reply to a timely theme that is characteristic of today's computer domination of our social interactions.

"The New Cliché" is organized and distributed by Christopher Clarke.

Contact: Tobey C. Anderson cramart.ca | 905-380-3910

The CRAMplex, 24 James Street, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 5B8

CRAM International and The New Cliché is sponsored by The Neon Buddha, The Office Tap & Grill, Janis Barlow & Associates and Pure.